Competition: European Cup Second Round Second Leg.
Referee: Alexei Spirin (
All those English jokes about Scottish goalkeepers didnít
raise much of a laugh when United were sent tumbling out of the European Cup by
Rangers. An inspired performance by Andy Goram broke Unitedís hearts as the Scottish Champions pulled off a
superb smash-and-grab victory at
quite optimistic about pulling back the single goal defecit
in the return second leg. That lasted all of three minutes into the return, in
front of only 25,118 at
Leeds, who had drafted in David Rocastle for the injured David Batty in only his second start for the club, gradually worked a way round the back of the Rangerís defence, but twice the outstanding Andy Goram denied Eric Cantona and Leeds-born son of ex-United player Any McCall, Stuart, kicked off the line from a Chris Whyte effort from a corner.
Howard Wilkinson said, ďOnce that first goal goes in there is a whole different projection on the game. It made us do everything we didnít want to do. It was like trying to carry a ton weight up the down escalator.Ē His men had to be more gung-ho than they had anticipated and had to take risks to get back in the tie. That left them open to the counter and Rangers exploited it with brilliant effect. After Eric Cantona had lost possession, Mark Hateley created space down the left with a smart dummy and took Ian Durrantís pass in his stride. He delivered the perfect cross for the predatory Ally McCoist to angle a fine header beyond John Lukic from five yards after fifty-nine minutes to seal Unitedís fate.
reply would have given United faint hope, but Rod Wallace's sixty-fifth minute
shot was brilliantly turned on to a post by the outstanding Andy Goram. When Cantona did find the
target, from Lee Chapman's header, it was too little too late, though Howard
Wilkinson was determined to look on the bright side.
He said: "We gave Rangers as thorough an examination as I think you could give anyone under the circumstances. When a team goes 1-0 up in the leg after having started out 2-1 ahead in the tie, it makes the game go a certain way. I have seen teams concede three or four goals in circumstances like that, but all of our lads kept going and kept playing and we never let Rangers dominate."
United brought on Steve Hodge for David Rocastle
and Rod Wallace for Chris Fairclough three minutes
after the goal and Rod Wallace saw Andy Goram push
his shot against the post.† Although Eric
Cantona eighty-fifth minute goal was well deserved,
Andy Goram still had time to save from Eric Cantona, Rod Wallace and Gary Speed to ensure the Rangersí
victory and it ended 2-1 to the visitors who won 4-2 on aggregate. Mark Hateley was later play for
Howard Wilkinson felt John Lukic should have saved the first goal, though the home keeper made amends when he twice denied Ally McCoist. United, without the injured David Batty, had thirteen shots on target, but Andy Goram had a towering game and when he was finally beaten, the tie was long gone.
Ian Durrant gives David Rocastle and Gary McAllister the slip††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lee Chapman is held back by John Brown
†††††† Mark Hateley and Ally McCoist scored the Rangers goals††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Eric Cantona got the consolation goal for Leeds
Dale Gordon started for Rangers†† †††Alexei Mikhailichenko was the substitute† †††††David Batty was absent through injury. †††Lee Chapmanís header
in place of Trevor Steven†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††led to goal
Rod Wallaceís shot was saved†††††††††††††††† John Lukic at fault for first goal†††††††††††††††† Ian Durrant was on form†††††††††††††† Andy Goram made many
†††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††but saved others††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in midfield†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† fine saves